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Garbanzo62

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2022
633
Connecticut
A bit of back story. First year running an insert (Regency I2500). I have some Dead Ash and some stuff that was split and stacked over 4 years ago, but not enough. I bought a bunch of slab wood from a local sawmill. I cut them to length, split and tested MC and separated into two piles under 20 and over 20.
The past few fires Once I shutdown the damper, the secondaries would go out after 10 min. I started to wait longer before closing the damper all of the way. Everything looked good going to bed. However in the morning the glass had much more buildup than usual.

This morning I decided to resplit and re-test the slab wood that has been in the house for 2 days now. Got a 8% a 16% and 18% and a 39%.. I was like Where did that 39% come from? So I am thinking that maybe some of my over 20 got mixed in with my under 20. Thing is. I do not know how much?
I have maybe 5 fires of wood left and this was at the bottom of the burnable stack. Plan is to have dealer come out and service in the spring. Should I worry about burning the last few fires? Obviously going to test the remaining pcs.
 
Sometimes you can tell wood is too damp by its weight compared to other similar-sized pieces. And if you bang them together dry pieces will sound a musical note, while wet pieces go thud.
If you can leave the pieces of marginal wood in the house for a week or two, that will help but the 39% wood needs a year more drying time.
 
Sometimes you can tell wood is too damp by its weight compared to other similar-sized pieces. And if you bang them together dry pieces will sound a musical note, while wet pieces go thud.
If you can leave the pieces of marginal wood in the house for a week or two, that will help but the 39% wood needs a year more drying time.
I'm more concerned that I might have a creosote buildup. I don't have a clear view up the flue without taking everything apart. Since I am only going to burn a few more fires and then have the dealer come out to service the unit. I was hoping I could do those burns and then see if I had any buildup when the unit is serviced
 
How much wood has been burned since the last cleaning?
 
How much wood has been burned since the last cleaning?
Well first year with insert. Been burning since Mid November. I would say that I've burnt about a cord maybe 1.25. It has been a warm winter so I've had some days where I don't burn at all or just in the evening/overnight. I've been pretty diligent about checking MC, for the life of me I don't know how those pieces got onto the burnable pallet. I keep the burnable and needs more time stuff in separate locations. My wife did help me when we cut up that slab wood, so she might have thrown a few into the wrong pile. She thinks I am going overboard with testing every piece cut from the slab, but the thicknesses vary so much on each slab that I see no other choice.